Ren Stanforth

Software Engineer

Gaming Video Creator

Vocal Percussionist

Ren Stanforth

Software Engineer

Gaming Video Creator

Vocal Percussionist

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Taking good care of Clover, my gaming laptop

October 10, 2020 Hardware
Taking good care of Clover, my gaming laptop

Early this year, I’ve noticed that Clover was running slow and overheats. Yes, I name my laptops and I love them.

I remember when I first saw her(gave her a gender too), I was so magnetized. I wanted to purchase her right away but didn’t. I told myself to wait for a month, and continued using the previous unit that I had. I still have Carrie(my previous laptop) which is not in a good condition. She had a broken screen and it was leaking. So I dismantled her, and used the LCD screen of my first laptop, Midori(has dead motherboard; RIP), to continue working.

A month had passed and I still wanted to buy her, so I did. I was the happiest kid on the block, and I’ve used it everyday since then.

Gaming and programming are the major things that I do and I need great computing power within my budget. Clover, HP Pavilion Power 15-cb0xx, was perfect!

Now in 2020, Clover was slowing down and overheats. I thought the fans need a little bit of cleaning, but problems still persists. First upgrade was adding an SSD. Then after a while, programs sometimes slows down or lags so I decided to add more RAM. I bought an additional 8GB of RAM, and now I have a total of 16GB. I wanted to upgrade it to 32GB but the computer shop that I went to only had 8GB. I was also informed that the battery was bloated and it needs to be replaced. So I bought one online, and then replaced it myself.

I was a bit happy because Clover processes things smoothly with the help of the additional RAM but the overheating wasn’t solved. I thought that repositioning Clover near the AC would solve the problem, but I was wrong.

Just a few weeks ago, I constantly get Low Client FPS in-game(mind you, she still overheats) and I didn’t enjoy that. My friend suggested that my laptop probably needs re-application of thermal paste/grease. I haven’t done that, and it has high probability that it could improve Clover so much. So I asked my Facebook friends for leads to where I can buy thermal paste in the city. They didn’t disappoint! They responded right away and helped your homegirl out!

I got the thermal paste(Deep Cool Z3), and opened Clover for “surgery”. I was so careful not to misplace the tiny screws so I placed them on a paper and mapped them.

Mapping screws to avoid screwing things up!

We need to be careful when handling an open surgery to avoid mishaps! I removed the battery first before touching any component on the motherboard. After that, unscrewed the fans and brushed them clean.

Deep Cool Z3 Thermal Grease

Next was carefully removing the heatsink, and viola! I saw a solid ugly thermal paste.

Dried out thermal paste on the CPU and GPU

I removed the dried out thermal paste using a spare eyeglass cloth that I had, then brushed more dust using a makeup brush. It is very important to use an anti static brush but I don’t have that. After cleaning, I was admiring how the board looks for a few minutes.

The fun part was applying the new thermal paste. How much did I apply? Most articles say a pea-sized amount. I applied probably a pea-and-a-half size amount of thermal paste. Don’t judge. I spread it a bit, and then placed everything back.

Clean insides

The moment of truth was when I turned Clover back on after the surgery. I was anxious at first because it was booting longer than expected. At this point, I was praying that it was a successful operation. Lo and behold, it was!

Clover doesn’t overheat anymore, and could run games smoothly for now. I am happy of how things are with Clover, and so far so good! The true test is when I get to play Cyberpunk 2077. Good luck to me and Clover!

Clover Specs

  • Unit: HP Pavilion Power 15-cb0xx
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
  • Memory: 16384MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050
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